Takeaways from the 2019 ACDIS Outpatient CDI Symposium

The 2019 ACDIS Outpatient CDI Symposium, hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas, was just right. A good balance of sessions that covered clinical, financial, analytical, regulatory, and quality requirements for CDI teams and a strong emphasis on best practices required to create a successful program.

Over two full days, organizations that have already implemented an Outpatient CDI (OPCDI) program shared many case studies and real-world examples of proven design and deployment strategies.

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Establishing Confidence in Your Cybersecurity Posture: Part 2 – Effective Communication Across the Organization

In this post, we suggest a practical opportunity to improve both your information security program and posture: communication and transparency.

The advantage of a simple, understandable, and robust information security program extends beyond the InfoSec team. When the structure, goals, and ongoing results of your InfoSec program are well communicated and understood, the program itself becomes stronger. Communication and transparency foster support and commitment throughout the organization from the most junior employee to the Board of Directors.

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EXTEND in the News: Preparing Noncoders for New 2020 Codes

In August, CMS published the Final Rule for fiscal year 2020’s IPPS and OPPS code set changes. IPPS updates take effect for discharges occurring from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020. OPPS updates go into effect January 1, 2020. Naturally, medical coders are expected to become familiar with the changes and be prepared to assign appropriate codes on or before the effective date. However, the effects of new codes and coding rules reach far beyond an organization’s coding team.

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